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A methodology for motif discovery employing iterated cluster re-assignment.

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Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.


Motif discovery is a crucial part of regulatory network identification, and therefore widely studied in the literature. Motif discovery programs search for statistically significant, well-conserved and over-represented patterns in given promoter sequences. When gene expression data is available, there are mainly three paradigms for motif discovery; cluster-first, regression, and joint probabilistic. The success of motif discovery depends highly on the homogeneity of input sequences, regardless of paradigm employed. In this work, we propose a methodology for getting homogeneous subsets from input sequences for increased motif discovery performance. It is a unification of cluster-first and regression paradigms based on iterative cluster re-assignment. The experimental results show the effectiveness of the methodology.

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